Meet Chris Hoyler, Our Featured Volunteer from Philadelphia!

28 Sep

Meet Chris Hoyler, Our Featured Volunteer from Philadelphia!

Get to know our volunteers!

What Virtual Program do you volunteer with? I volunteer for the Pediatric Virtual Program

How long have you been volunteering with Musicians On Call? I’ve been volunteering for five years

Are you a volunteer guide or musician? Guide

What is your occupation outside of MOC? I’m an Advanced Practice Nurse for pediatrics. I work in the Emergency Department of a children’s hospital in Philadelphia.

Do you have any hidden talents? I’m a cat whisperer but nothing else musical! I can barely whistle!

What is your story? What connects you with music and why do you volunteer with MOC? I enjoy being with musicians, singing along with them as they perform for patients. As a nurse practitioner for MANY years, I know how important it is for patients and their families to have something to look forward to when a child is hospitalized. Music is such a great connection to the world outside of the hospital and is a means of self-expression when so much of the day is out of the control of the patient and families. It brings a sense of normalcy into the stressful environment and is a reminder that our patients are still kids, in spite if their illness.